Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) issued the following statementto mark the 63rd anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel tomorrow:
"Sixty-three years ago tomorrow, with the horrors of war and unimaginable persecution still hovering in recent memory and with enemies still seeking their destruction, the Jewish people courageously asserted their right to their homeland, placing their trust in the "Rock of Israel.'
"The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel states that the nation "will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.'
"In the days following statehood, many undoubtedly questioned whether Israel could survive as a nation at all, let alone fulfill the vision of its Declaration. Yet, survive and flourish Israel did. And today, the nation of Israel stands as a beacon of liberty and democracy. And sixty-three years later, the light of that beacon still shines, undimmed.
"Amid wars and threats of wars, Israel has pursued peace. Amid persecution, Israel has embraced hope. And amid global uncertainty, Israel has steadfastly stood, drawing strength from her history, her future, and her faith.
"On the same day that Israel was established as a modern nation, the United States recognized the State of Israel. Since that day, Israel has been one of America's strongest and most faithful allies, and the United States has stood with -- and must continue to stand with -- Israel.
"As we mark with joy the 63rd anniversary of the modern State of Israel, we honor the Jewish people and offer prayers for the peace and prosperity of the nation of Israel."